Self-Care Thursday: Meditation

There has been a lot of discussion around the practice of meditation the last few years. The growing interest of this practice has not gone unnoticed, even by those who are hesitant.

I remember the first time I truly thought of meditation as something anyone could do, and not just Buddhist Munks (yes, I did believe that). It was when I watched Eat, Pray, Love for the first time. And when I watched Julia Roberts’ character learn to let go and just be in the present, I found myself thinking there was NO WAY this could be an achievable thing for me. I was wrong!

The practice of meditation doesn’t have to be grand. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. There are no special clothes or poses required. I try to do a single, one-minute, meditation a day. I focus on my breathing and re-center myself. My Apple Watch even has a one-minute breathing function to guide me through the process. And there are so many quick educational videos about one minute meditation on YouTube.

If you’ve resisted trying this not-so-new practice, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. This Wednesday, learn about meditation, then try a brief, one-minute meditation session. The practice will calm anxiety, lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and leave you feeling relaxed almost instantly! Best of all, with all these benefits you are sure to be the calm in the storm of family chaos.

Photo credit: Meditation Photo from TODAY

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